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Bathroom Styling- More Than Tiles & Towels

Laura B - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Bathroom Styling- More Than Tiles & Towels

Bathroom styling is probably not something you give much thought to. Certainly bathroom design- clever use of space, gorgeous finishes and luxurious fittings- but styling seems to be reserved for other areas of the home. This simply doesn’t have to be the case, in fact, clever bathroom styling can be practical as well as beautiful too. Here are some tips for bringing life into one of the smallest but most important rooms in your house.

Stools & Benches

If the space allows, why not incorporate a beautiful stool or bench? Placed next to a bath they become a handy surface for a book, candle or cup of tea (or wine!). They’re also useful to sit on occasionally too. Often bathrooms are all cool, hard surfaces, so timber furniture pieces can really add warmth and character to this little room. This does not mean of course that you’re limited to timber. Bone inlay, stone and metals also can work, just ensure the material will not be compromised with damp air or splashes of water.

                                                           

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Baskets

Including another material or texture by way of a woven basket in the bathroom is another lovely option. Small baskets can be used as a little bin, while larger, lidded designs used for towels or as a dirty clothes basket (much nicer than plastic!) or even to house toilet rolls. This is something that may come down to space again as it’s important not to clutter this area of the home.

                                                            

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Mirrors & Art

If you’re renovating or building, think outside the square with your mirror. While it needs to be a practical size and height for everyday use, there are so many stunning options to explore other than a piece of frame less mirror mounted to the tiles. Powder rooms are generally not used to apply makeup or as frequently as in the main bathroom so it’s an excellent opportunity to include a round mirror or unusual design.

Worn timber, character-filled metals and other materials can provide the contrast to tiles and stone bench tops which is much needed. There’s also nothing to say you can’t include artwork in this space, provided there’s a free wall! What a gorgeous way to introduce some character, just make sure that the temperature and moisture will not damage your artwork.

                                                           

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Vases & Trays  

Styling the vanity top is a great way to inject some personality into a bathroom, particularly if you’re renting or unable to create the bathroom of your dreams. Woven trays, timber, mirrored, stone or lacquer designs are handy surfaces to display beautiful candles, small posies, perfumes and other items. While it may be practical to have other every-day items quickly on hand, try to only display things which look nice as well- hide the deodorant can in the drawer for example!

If you’re able to, a vase of fresh flowers on the vanity is such a luxurious and special addition. It may not be every week, but flowers create an ambience which is hard to replicate. They don’t have to be expensive, in fact, little bunches of neighbourhood green foliage can look effective too. If you’re having people over, this is a great time to pop a bunch into the bathroom they will use, it suggests you took the time to make the room special for them. 

                                                              

  
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Towels   

Having beautiful and quality towels are a pleasure to look at as well as use. You really do get what you pay for with towels and it’s a worthwhile investment. Having a few sets of bath sheets or towels in a timeless design can be made interesting with contrasting floor mats and hand towels. If you’re unsure what colour to go with, try to work with your tiles or vanity tops. Grey tiles benefit from fresh white towels and punchy citrus colours or teals and greens as a highlight. Bone or off-white tiles can be a little trickier, but white often works again. In terms of colour, try warmer blue tones to add interest.

                                                                               
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Plants

Many plants thrive in bathrooms, loving the moisture in the air, they also look good too! Plants in the bathroom can range from small hanging plants in an unused corner through to potted plants on the vanity or floor of larger spaces. Depending on light and temperature, peace lily, orchids and ferns are just some options. Keep an eye on them, you may have to move them around or monitor how much water they need in this unique area of the house.

While the plant is the main attraction here, make sure to plant it in a nicely designed pot to finish the look. There are so many beautiful styles, from brass and copper through to woven, ceramic and timber designs.

While talking all things natural, consider temporary natural décor items too, such as a collection of seed pods, river pebbles, coral or shells. These all make interesting and inexpensive decorator pieces.

                                                                

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Finishing Touches                    

The small details are really important for a luxurious bathroom and while it may seem excessive, quality products on show are a pleasure to use and look at. If the budget is tight, keep an eye out for designer soaps or moisturisers in lovely packaging. The same goes for candles, a quality candle is an expense but adds to the overall look at feel of a bathroom while obviously bringing a glorious smell to the space. Being so small, candles here can last a very long time as they don’t need to be lit for very long to be effective.

There are also many well-considered bathroom accessories such as soap dispensers, dishes, toothbrush holders, containers for cotton buds, toilet roll holders and tissue boxes. It’s all in the detail here and so worth splurging on something you will have for many years to come.

                                                        

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​Why Good Design Matters - A Home Which Works for You

Satara Sales - Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Pessimists will have you believe that design and architecture is all about trends, having money and showing off. But good design can be so much more than aesthetics. It doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot of money, it can withstand fads and last the distance. Well-thought-out design can work for you, make your home more liveable, more enjoyable to be in, save you time, money and even be better than your health. Here are our thoughts on how design can positively impact your home life.

  1. Spaces that work for us as individuals and families are those which respond to our needs and wants. For example, a sitting room which is mostly used for entertaining guests and quiet reading or relaxing will be the most successful when the lighting, the materials, the furniture and placement allow this to happen easily. Sofas which are comfortable and relaxing (perhaps a deeper seat or feather wrapped foam cushion for instance), task lighting for reading without straining your eyes, a softer colour palette, carpet or rugs underfoot to absorb sound and smaller side tables for guests to place drinks are some small ways this can be achieved. Each space is different. Really consider what you want to do in each room and how you want it to feel. In smaller homes and apartments, one space may have to do several things (such as eat, watch television, entertain, relax). In these instances, furniture which is flexible and durable will help, storage will play a large role and consider materials and finishes which will withstand high usage.
  2. A home should reflect not only our needs and wants but our interests and personality too. Looking around your home, what do you see a lot of? Books? Art? Children’s toys? Photos? Travel mementos? Having these things around us tells a story about the inhabitants of a home, but when they’re organised and displayed beautifully, they also become a feature and a place we want to be in. Consider furniture like consoles, buffets and bookshelves to house these items. Frame your family photos professionally and create a gallery wall or invest in quality baskets for excess children’s toys. A gorgeous timber tray can hold your favourite books of the moment on the coffee table or mix memory filled travel souvenirs with other décor. Not everything has to be on display, but surrounding yourself with some items you love will make your home more authentic.
  3. Whether your building a new home, renovating, living in a completed home or renting, having a sustainable interior will always benefit the occupant and the environment. This can be considered from the start to the beginning of a project. From an architectural perspective, working with a knowledgeable architect or building designer can make the most of the buildings surrounding environment, the building materials and orientation to ensure the house uses less energy to heat and cool, is comfortable to live in and responds to what the client needs in a home. From an interior design and decorating perspective, attention can be paid to the window treatments, materials, finishes and floor coverings to also contribute to this. Smart furniture selections are also important. Firstly, new furniture can be sourced which is ethically created or even made from recycled or recyclable content. Or, older furniture can be given new life with reupholstery and refinishing. Buying once and buying well can also have a positive impact. While it can take a bit of a hit on the back pocket initially, quality products should last a very long time, saving you and the planet in the long-run. Look not only for quality but also furniture which can move and change with you and your family’s needs.
  4. The colours and materials which we surround ourselves also impact the way we interact and respond to interiors. These theories are used frequently in commercial and retail design to entice us to shop, to eat or relax- so why can’t we do this at home too? Consider thoroughly, or engage a designer, to compose a colour and material palette which will create the atmosphere you want in your home. A warm, earthy palette will exude casual comfort while a cool, shiny palette can be sleek and modern. This can be broken down into each room as well. A master bedroom with a soft palette (not just neutrals, it can include more muted versions of colours too) will encourage relaxation, while a darker, moody study space is formal but possibly also a shift from the rest of the home’s interior to promote work and studiousness. There’s so much information about what each individual colour evokes and symbolises online, to be found with a quick search if you want to know more!
  5. Outdoor Space. In Australia, we’re blessed with beautiful weather for much of the year, so we should make the most of our outdoor living space, from small balconies to large backyards. Having beautiful outdoor furniture is a great place to start to encourage alfresco living. You’re less likely to eat, read, relax or entertain outdoors if you have nowhere to sit. Outdoor furniture is an investment, but quality will last. Consider how you live, how you entertain (i.e. how many people frequently come over, do you have a BBQ, will the kids be visible in the pool close by) and how much time you would like to spend outdoors. Being able to throw a door or window open onto a veranda with plants on it, see the kids run around the backyard and enjoy the Sunday paper comfortably outdoors will really increase your quality of life and how much time you will want to spend at home.
  6. Everything has a place. It’s a familiar scene in any home, whether that be a bustling family home or a single person’s home. Where’s my keys? Missing shoe? Book? Paperwork? The list goes on. Ensuring everything has a place in your home will alleviate stress and wasted time spent trying to locate lost items. Easier said than done of course, but if you’re building or renovating, really take the time to work this out during the process. How many of each thing do you have? Where’s the best place for it? How is the best way to store it? If you’re not building but purchasing furniture, ask yourself similar questions. Will this provide enough storage? Is it easily accessible? On a decorative level, there’s so many beautiful baskets, containers, trays and vessels to hide, display or arrange your smaller items. A tidy and organised home is a less stressful one to live in!
  7. Let’s not forget rentals. Not everyone is living in a home which they can paint, knock down a wall or even change the window dressings. But this is not to say you can’t make your home a beautiful space to be in, you will just need to consider the things you can change or manipulate. Furniture, lighting, art and accessories play a huge role in how we respond to spaces and these are things you can do, regardless even of budget. Think of furniture as investments which you will take with you, no matter where you live. Art can be found at graduate shows and markets without huge commissions. Rugs, removable wallpaper and indoor plants really make a huge impact too. Enjoy the process of making this space feel less temporary than it may be- it’s your home!

Satara products in Australian House & Garden Magazine

Satara Sales - Monday, February 08, 2016

Satara products feature in this months edition of Australian House & Garden Magazine, namely our Pylon Stool and Bedarra Teak Lantern.

 

    

 


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